Ricardo “Rick” Villarreal was elected to the Palmview City Council, Place 4 on May 8, 2010; was re-elected May 10, 2014; and was elected as Mayor Pro Tem in June 2012 – a position held through April 21, 2015. On November 6, 2018, Councilman Villarreal was elected Mayor and was re-elected to a second term on June 11, 2022.
In 2021, Mayor Villarreal achieved the CMO designation (Certified Municipal Official) for a voluntary certifcation program sponsored by Texas Municipal League (TML) and the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (TAMCC) for elected officials from Texas Municipal League member cities though the Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI). The program offers a variety of educational opportunities for professional development in municipal leadership that enhance the official’s policymaking and leadership skills. Palmview City officials were the only officials from TML Region 12 (Rio Grande Valley) to achieve this designation for year 2021. Additionally, Mayor Villarreal served as Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 12 Board Director in 2021 until his resignation in mid 2022.